It’s very possible that cul-de-sacs, aka dead-end streets aka no exit aka not a thru street, may have been used intentionally in antiquity for defense purposes. Pin the enemy in on three sides and they become a very dead end for them indeed.
Not that children are the enemy, but if you could make sure they were safely enclosed in a veritable play structure that is your neighborhood, wouldn’t you?
That’s just what life on a cul-de-sac could let you do, in addition to getting you: off street patrol, out of green martian sign placement duties and peace of mind back in your life.
Here’s what cul-de-sac’s offer:
• considerably less passing traffic
• less noise and reduced actual or perceived risk
• increase in the sense of tranquility
• increase spontaneous outdoor activity by children
• higher levels of social interaction
• lowers the incidence of crime
• increased natural surveillance by homeowners
Drive by one and you’ll often spot a group of children, a hockey goal, bikes, scooters, skateboards, you get my drift. Very little pavement if you know what I mean. Because, “Stay on our street” is all the kids have to know.
What do buyers and sellers have to know?
That home buyers often pay up to a 20% premium for a home on such a street.* Would you?
Do you have a home on a cul-de-sac? We do. See it here:
*Culs-de-Sac: Suburban Dream or Dead End? – NPR